The 2009/2010 World Series of Poker Ladies Circuit Event champion is Cynthia Albert of Germantown, MD. Albert outlasted a field of 169 entrants during the one-day event which lasted nearly 15 hours. Cynthia Albert is a member of Women's Poker Club, and has always been a solid and formidable player on the felt.
The ladies event at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City attracted a strong field of determined competitors, vying to win the $11,582 first place prize and the WSOP Circuit Ladies Event pendant.
The tinal three-handed play was between Taryn Crumlish, Albert and Helen Spooner, who was down to under a blind. Spooner was eliminated with 6-4 off against Albert’s ace high. Third place paid $5,410.
At about 1:00 am, heads-up action saw Crumlish against Albert. Crumlish, with a 2-1 chip lead and not shy about taunting her opponents, tried in her own special way to extend an olive branch to Albert.
"If you want to make a deal, we can make a deal," she declared. "But you cannot beat me heads-up."
Calm and graceful, Albert held her own. "Well, I go home with 7,000 anyway, so we’ll see what happens."
It was a back and forth battle between Crumlish and Albert with the chip lead changing places about three times. After about 90 minutes, the hand of the night saw the two players in the pot with a 7-high flop. Both went all-in with Crumlish showing [A]  for top pair, and Albert turning over pocket 8’s.
Crippled, Crumlish was soon all-in with only to be dominated by Albert’s . Although a four hit the flop, it was accompanied by a 7. Deuces on the board and river ended the match and Albert was victorious.
"Well, heads up is my best game, so it didn’t bother me at all," said Albert of Crumlish’s taunting comment earlier in the match. "If I had come in second, that was fine also. I just played my best game."
Albert had this to say about women’s events "Women’s events are good for poker and serve a purpose for women who are a little intimidated by men."
"I’d like to see women’s events continue as they help women get over the intimidation factor and bring more women into poker."
As for Cynthia Albert, I'm sure we will see her at more final tables in the future.